Visiting Iceland as a Vegan

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Back at the end of 2016, I travelled to the beautiful country of Iceland.

Attracted by the island’s unique geology and desolate, volcanic landscape, I’d been longing to go there for years; but with the country being known for its controversial whaling industry, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Iceland Crater

 

Finding Vegan Food in Iceland

When we arrived it was early afternoon, and it was already beginning to get dark, so we dropped our bags at our AirBnB (a cosy apartment in Reykjavik) and headed across to the supermarket, to pick up some food and supplies!

To my surprise, I was delighted to find that the small store was stocked with an amazing range of vegan products; including vegan cheeses, vegan chocolate and plant milks.

They even had the VeganEgg, which I’d been wanting to try for years!

The VeganEgg is a super-realistic egg substitute which looks, smells and tastes like real egg, but is actually made from algae! (It sounds gross, I know, but it’s actually really delicious!)

Unfortunately, everything in Iceland is extremely expensive, and the food prices are no exception. The cost of fresh fruit and veg was especially high, with a tiny net of kiwifruits costing around Β£5.00! 
 
Thankfully, I’d been warned about the food prices beforehand, so I’d filled my luggage with bags of uncooked rice, pasta and oatmeal, that I’d taken from back home.
 
Bringing these staple foods with me (as well as cooking most of our meals back at the apartment) really made a big difference in helping to keep costs down. πŸ‘πŸΌ
 

Vegan Food in Reykjavik

Although we didn’t eat out much during our stay, there were a number of vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants listed nearby on Happy Cow. (Happy Cow is an awesome app that lists all the local vegan, veggie and vegan-friendly shops and eateries!).
 
There were two places in Reykjavik that we did check out: Kaffi Vinyl and Glo.
 
Kaffi Vinyl, Reykjavik.
 
Kaffi Vinyl is a super cute vegan cafe that serves a range of soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as vegan snacks and meals. It seemed to be hugely popular amongst the locals, and had a vintage, down-to-earth vibe, that made me feel right at home!
 
Meal at Glo, Reykjavik.

The second place we visited was a canteen-style vegetarian restaurant called Glo (which turned out to not to be vegetarian at all!!).

They had some delicious-sounding vegan (and gluten-free) meals on their menu, but unfortunately, their food wasn’t as good as I’d hoped! (Judging by other people’s reviews of this restaurant though, I think we just caught them on an off-day!)

Reykjavik

Overall, I found Reykjavik to be a really charming little place with friendly people, super low crime rates and a small-town ‘arty’ vibe.

Despite it being one of the nicest cities I’ve ever been to though, it was difficult not to feel unsettled by some of the things they had for sale there – namely the whale meat, taxidermy and reindeer hides. 😒

It surprises me that Iceland can be so forward-thinking in their support of gay rights, gender equality and freeing the nipple (in sub-zero temperatures!) yet they still support the cruel and damaging whaling industry. Hopefully though, as attitudes change, this will one day become a thing of the past.

Despite my views, Iceland was more vegan-friendly than I’d ever imagined, and I fell completely in love with the country’s unique and enchanting charm.

I especially enjoyed seeing their natural, bubbling hot springs, the Strokkur geyser and some seriously impressive waterfalls – which were all completely out of this world!

If you’d like to see a little more of my trip, please feel free to check out my video below. 😊

Have you been to Iceland or would you like to go? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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